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  • Writer's picturePeter K F Cheung SBS

Waves of Life

Updated: Oct 17, 2023


  1. Act 1

  2. INT. STUDY - 08:45

  3. In a corner, PETER discovers a beach mat.

  4. PETER (V.O.): I bought it over 10 years ago and haven't used it.

  5. Eyes sparkling.

  6. PETER (V.O.)(Cont'd): I plan to go to Shek O today. I may use it if I can find a parking lot.

  7. Pausing.

  8. PETER (V.O.)(Cont'd): I go swimming nearly every day. Having swum, I'd leave right away.

  9. Peter takes a look of his tanned arms.

  10. PETER (V.O.)(Cont'd): I've enough sunbathing. And fiction isn't my cup of tea.

  11. Carrying the beach mat and his swimming bag, Peter exits.

  12. PETER (V.O.)(Cont'd): But I'm excited about how I may relax and enjoy my time with a beach mat.

  13. Act 2

  14. EXT. ROADS TO SHEK O - 10:15

  15. Long and winding. In a green Beetle, Peter drives past crumpled slopes and scattered soil.

  16. PETER (V.O.): I can still feel the destructive force of recent typhoons.

  17. EXT. SHEK O - 10:30

  18. Car park. Arriving, Peter finds vacant lots.

  19. PETER (V.O.): Is the beach closed ?

  20. Having parked the car, Peter walks towards the beach.

  21. PETER (V.O.) (Cont'd): Access isn't blocked...

  22. Beach. Sound of crashing waves. Red flag. No one is swimming.

  23. PETER (V.O.)(Cont'd): Oh!

  24. Selecting a tree shade, Peter spreads the beach mat on the sand and deposits his bags.

  25. PETER (V.O.)(Cont'd): But today I can wait until the waters become calm.

  26. Taking out one of his smartphones, Peter tunes into an internet radio station. We hear oldies.

  27. PETER (V.O.) (Cont'd): Serenity aside, I've added the nostalgic atmosphere.

  28. Peter lies down on the beach mat.

  29. PETER (V.O.) (Cont'd): I feel a deep connection with the present and the past.

  30. Sunrays sneak through tree leaves. As Peter is about to use a cap to cover his face, he sees something high up in the sky.

  31. PETER (V.O.) (Cont'd): What's that?

  32. We see vibrant colours of two parachutes. Two PEOPLE are parachuting in the blue sky.

  33. PETER (V.O.) (Cont'd): I only had some carefree parasailing experience.

  34. Peter takes videos clips of the sport with his smartphone.

  35. PETER (V.O.) (Cont'd): I don't think I can play such a sport.

  36. Later, we hear a beach announcement:...the shark prevention net was damaged...don't enter into the water...

  37. PETER (V.O.) (Cont'd): Have any shark been trapped within the swimming area? I must go elsewhere to swim.

  38. EXT. BIG WAVE BAY - 16:00

  39. Arriving. Peter sees the beach red flag and a conspicuous "Don't Swim" notice.

  40. PETER (V.O.): OMG, the water quality here is poor!

  41. Frustrated, Peter still selects a spot to spread his beach mat.

  42. PETER (V.O.) (Cont'd): But what's the point to repeat here briefly of what I've done for hours in Shek O?

  43. Peter takes a look of the sun at low level.

  44. PETER (V.O.) (Cont'd): I must embrace the situation and make the most of it.

  45. Avoiding SURFERS, Peter enters into the waters. We see Peter being pushed back by big waves.

  46. PETER (V.O.) (Cont'd): They're really powerful.

  47. Still, Peter positions himself near the shore, head above water, ready to let his back encounter the incoming waves.

  48. PETER (V.O.) (Cont'd): With each wave's arrival, my anticipation and awe build.

  49. As the waves engulf his body, Peter moves in sync with them.

  50. Act 3

  51. INT. STUDY - 22:00

  52. Typing natural language in his smartphone, Peter instructs his 文心一言 assistant.

  53. PETER (V.O.): See if she can visualize "Waves of Life" impressionistically and draw something that resonates with me.

  54. As an image of a beautiful woman appears, Peter types "use beach and waves as context". Then, we see an AI drawing that includes a small figure.

  55. PETER (V.O.) (Cont'd): Life is a series of interconnected events and emotions. Like waves, human existence has ups and downs.

  56. Recalling.

  57. PETER (V.O.) (Cont'd): Swaying with the waves, I let the rhythm of sea water set my soul free.

  58. FADE OUT

  59. THE END

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